Udi

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A language of Azerbaijan

Alternate Names
Udin, Uti
Population

3,800 in Azerbaijan (2011 UNSD). Total users in all countries: 6,590.

Location

Oghuz and Qabala districts: Mirzabeyli, Niç, and Oghuz.

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Language Status

5 (Developing). De facto language of provincial identity in Qabala District.

Dialects

Oghuz (Vartashen), Nidzh (Nic, Nij, Nizh), Oktomberi. Oktomberi dialect more divergent from Nic Udi than from Oghuz Udi. One of the most divergent Lezgian (Lezgic) languages.

Language Use

Home, community. Used by 30%–50% of children. Neutral attitudes. Also use Armenian [hye], Georgian [kat], Russian [rus].

Language Development
Discussing how their language can be saved. Taught in primary schools, through fourth grade. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1902.
Writing

Cyrillic script [Cyrl].

Other Comments

Nic dialect is vigorous (6a). Oghuz dialect is moribund (8a), as only about 100 persons remain in Oghuz. Christian.